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20 March – COVID-19 Update

The Squamish Access Society is committed to the fight against COVID-19. As such we have echoed the best practices put forward by the provincial health authorities to mitigate the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus.

We trust the climbing community are following provincial guidelines including social distancing, self-isolation, hygiene, not travelling, and reducing risk in all their activities to relieve the burden on the health-care system. 

As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada has exceeded 800 with an increase of more than 550 in the past 4 days, the Squamish Access Society can no longer condone climbing at this time. 

Although it is currently ideal spring climbing conditions in Squamish, we are encouraging climbers to engage in alternative activities. Please consider training at home, low impact outdoor pursuits such as running/hiking, or supporting the climbing community by doing some light trail maintenance or crag cleanup.

Vancouver and non-local climbers – we need your support in this.Squamish is a small community and we have limited resources at our hospital. We need 100% of those to help our community members in need of medical care due to COVID-19. We have a few cases already in Squamish so we anticipate that all the resources and more will be needed before we are on the far side of this pandemic.

Thank you for doing your part to protect yourself, others, and the community.

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